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Beer Taxes Dodged -- City Budget Negotiators Need A Drink

By vouchey in News on Dec 9, 2004 7:38PM

I don't see beer.  I see taxes. City Council Budget Committee Chair Ald. William Beavers (7th) told the Chicago Tribune yesterday that a proposed penny-a-six-pack beer tax increase has been taken out of the proposed 2005 Chicago City Budget. According to the Tribune:

By collecting an extra cent on beer, "we're not making that much money off Joe Sixpack," Beavers said. "Why kill Joe Sixpack when we have another way to raise the revenue?

"We are not worried about the penny that the city would put on. We are worried about the retailer adding another 25 or 30 cents, using [the tax increase] as an excuse."

We suppose that sort of thing is possible -- you can never trust those bars on Rush Street -- but still, where else can they look? It seems like just about every possible fee and sales tax is already getting a hike.

But either way, we suppose these guys are relieved.

Photo via Mr. Beer Can